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Rod Carew      

Hall of Fame Baseball Player, Philanthropist & Author

Rod Carew is one of the most talented players to ever don a major league uniform. During his illustrious nineteen-year career he was selected to eighteen All-Star teams. He is the all-time All-Star vote leader with thirty-three million votes – six million more than the runner-up.

His career statistics explain why on January 8,1991, he became only the 22nd player in history to be voted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Carew had a lifetime batting average of .328 and averaged better than .300 for 15 consecutive seasons. He averaged .344 for the decade of the seventies. In his twelve seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and seven with the California Angels, Carew amassed 3,053 career hits, twelfth on the all-time list at the time of his retirement. He won seven batting titles, a figure surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner. Carew and Willie Mays are the only players in baseball history to be Rookie of the Year (1967), Most Valuable Player (1977), have 3,000 hits (1985) and be voted into the Hall of Fame (1991).

He was also named the Roberto Clemente Award winner (1977) by Major League Baseball as the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement. He was only the third person to have his uniform (#29) retired by two teams. Upon retiring in 1986, Carew decided he would devote his time to working with children. He realized a life long dream in the spring of 1987 when The Rod Carew Baseball School opened in Placentia, California.

Carew is a dedicated family man and successful businessman who continues to be a role model for all young people. During his career he was respected not only as a great talent, but as a class act in and out of uniform. He currently resides in Coto de Caza, California.

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  • Overcoming Childhood Abuse
  • Military Background
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Inspired by daughter, Hall of Famer Rod Carew impacting lives ...
Rod Carew is a Baseball Hall of Famer, an MVP Award and Rookie of the Year Award winner. He had over 3000 hits and he made 18 All-Star teams in 19 Major ...

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